Sidewalk Constellations by Hannah G. (Glenn Gear)
hannah_g is someone who accidentally fell in love with Winnipeg after noticing the little quirks that Winnipeggers have adopted. She moved to Winnipeg from Bristol, England in September of 2008 to take over the job of Artistic Director at Ace Art - the artist run centre for contemporary art in the Exchange District.
Since she didn't know anyone, hannah_g wandered around, watched people and took note. The first thing she noticed was the lack of people in the streets. She wondered where everyone was. This was a far cry from the crowded streets she knew in England.
As she got to know the city hannah_g noticed interesting rituals that Winnipeggers had adopted and she started coming up with stories about her experiences. Her stories are based on her own observations, and she embellishes these stories with bits of gossip she has picked up along the way.
The result is limited edition book accompanied by a cassette called Dear Peggy: New Winnipeg Folklore. It's being launched on Thursday February 23 at Dalnavert Museum in Winnipeg. And while it's sold out on Feb. 23, there's a good chance they might add an extra performance on Friday Feb. 24.
SCENE asked hannah_g to share five aspects of new Winnipeg folklore. She'll leave it to you to figure out what's real and what's not.
1. People always flick two pennies off the Redwood Bridge.
2. There is a spot on the Red River where candle ice forms and has a strange effect on your buttons.